University of Adelaide-University of Nottingham Joint Doctoral Training Partnership – Agriculture, Food and Wine

Applications are invited for fully funded 4-year PhD studentships in the Joint Doctoral Training Partnership between the Universities of Adelaide and Nottingham. This innovative doctoral training programme aims to address key issues associated with agricultural sciences and with innovation in the food and beverage industries.

The student cohort will be co-supervised by staff at both universities and will undertake a minimum period of research of one year at each institution. The Adelaide-Nottingham Doctoral Scholars, will be primarily based on the Waite Campus in Adelaide or on the Sutton Bonington campus in Nottingham.  Both campuses are renowned for their world-leading research in agricultural, food and beverage sciences, and their outstanding facilities for research and teaching.

PhD graduates will obtain jointly awarded degrees from the University of Adelaide and the University of Nottingham. The studentships will cover PhD tuition fees, plus a stipend corresponding to the standard research council rates of both countries.  The following projects are available to start early in 2017.

  1. Plantago ovata (psyllium gum) grown for designed food structure-functionality traits – Supervision by Rachel Burton (UA), Tim Foster (UN), Helen Collins (UA) and Stephen Harding (UN)
  1. The CreR cereal cyst nematode resistance locus of rye: introgression into wheat and isolation of the causal gene – Supervision by Diane Mather (UA), Julie King (UN), Ian Dundas (UA) and Ian King (UN)
  1. Untangling and harnessing interactions between natural enemies of vineyard pests – Supervision by Ian Hardy (UN), Maryam Yazdani (UA), Helen West (UN) and Mike Keller (UA)
  1. Understanding the perception of body in alcoholic drinks – Supervision by Rebecca Ford (UN), Sue Bastian (UA) and Kerry Wilkinson (UA)

Eligibility: All students should have, or expect to obtain, a first-class or good 2:1/2A honours degree and/or a high distinction, distinction or high merit at the Masters level in a biologically related subject area.

Apply: Please select the specific project that you wish to apply for, then apply online by sending your CV and unofficial transcripts to the principal project supervisor (see project details). Please provide a covering letter to indicate your interests and why you are applying to the “Joint Nottingham-Adelaide Programme”.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the individual project supervisors or to

DOWNLOAD: Further information on the projects.

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